The light bulb has been around since the 1870’s. New technology can drastically reduce the amount of energy and money used to light our Lakeville homes.
Today, you have several options. You have the traditional incandescent light bulbs; halogen bulbs; compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Most of us are familiar with some of these new lights but may not like the funny shapes or cool lighting effects. Here’s some additional information on your lighting options.
Today you will find more LEDs on the store shelves. They can last up to 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb. LEDs really make sense in fixtures like a yard or porch light that stays on eight to 12 hours a day.
Halogen bulbs are another option. They occupy a position between incandescent and CFL’s and LEDs lights. They provide excellent color and can be dimmed. Many people like their “warm” affect. Next to the incandescent bulbs there are the least efficient and have the shortest life.
A good strategy is to use different bulbs for the lighting effect you want with energy savings in the various parts of your home. For example yard or porch lights using LEDs. Frequent turning off and on of bulbs for briefs seconds will negate some of the LED’s and CFL’s advantages. Use other bulbs for these situations. Closets which are not high usages but need brighter lighting might be a good place for incandescent bulbs. Bulbs that are difficult to replace requiring ladders, etc, CFL’s or LEDs will save you physical energy because they need to be replaces less often.
Like other energy saving tips for your Lakeville home, find a combination that works best for your home situation and use the appropriate bulbs that give you the light you want with the best energy saving.